Reflection

Imagine The World Is A Circle

Use the image from Dorotheos of Gaza that Beth Richardson discusses in the Encounter to reflect on what it means to live in community.

Imagine The World Is A Circle

Use the image from Dorotheos of Gaza that Beth Richardson discusses in the Encounter to reflect on what it means to live in community.



In the Encounter, Beth Richardson describes an image that Dorotheos of Gaza used to describe to his students the importance of growing closer to each other in their spiritual journey toward God. Here is the saying from Dorotheos:

"Imagine that the world is a circle, that God is the center, and that the radii are the lives of human beings. When those who wish to come closer to God walk towards the center of the circle, they come closer to one another at the same time as to God. The closer they come to God, the closer they come to one another. And the closer they come to one another, the closer they come to God." (Instruction VI)

Using ideas from Beth's interview and the saying from Dorotheos of Gaza, reflect on your own experiences with community. 

  • Why do you think it is important to grow closer to others when trying to grow closer to God?
  • What does it look like to live in community? How can living in community allow us to connect with God in deeper ways?
  • How does this image help you understand the connection between your personal relationship with God and your relationship with other people?

 

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